Updated (January 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon ELPH 500 HS
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2500 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 500 HS.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
101×55×25 mm vs 113×73×46 mm
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2.7x smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.8"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight
Lighter
185 g vs 306 g
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Around 40% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/2500s vs 1/1000s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the 500 HS.

similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths

Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS3.4 fps
SX150 IS0.9 fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
500 HS3,200 ISO
SX150 IS1,600 ISO

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$167

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Travel zoom

$230

Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$221

Battery life Has a much longer battery life
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX7

Sony Cybershot WX7

Compact

$176

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Much worse macro focusing

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$295

Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Screen size Much smaller screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$264

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen size Smaller screen
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150

Macro focus Better macro capability
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

Ultra compact

$268

Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Weight Lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Screen size Much smaller screen
Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Pro digicam

$279

Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Supports 24p No 24p support
Touch screen No touch screen

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Travel zoom

$219

Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Travel zoom

$231

Battery life Much longer battery life
Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Super zoom

$213

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
Size Larger
Thickness Significantly thicker
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$119 - $188

Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
Fujifilm FinePix S2950

Fujifilm FinePix S2950

Super zoom

$170

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Size Larger

appearance

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